Peter Jackson has been out of action since his last foray to Middle-earth with The Hobbit trilogy, but it seems he’s now ready for a return, with the filmmaker announcing on Facebook that he’s set to write and produce an adaptation of Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines, which is being directed by his protege Christian Rivers. Here’s Jackson’s Facebook announcement:
Mortal Engines will mark the feature directorial debut of Christian Rivers, who has been a longtime collaborator of Jackson, having storyboarded all of his films since Braindead, as well as performing a variety of roles on his subsequent movies including visual effects supervisor and second unit director. He also recently worked as second unit director on Disney’s Pete’s Dragon.
First published in 2001, Mortal Engines now spans a quartet of novels and takes place in a post-apocalyptic, steampunk version of London, which is now a giant machine (or Traction City) striving to survive in a world where resources are in short supply.